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first_imgMinnesota earned its seventh targeting penalty of the season when defensive back Duke McGhee hit wide receiver Austin Carr helmet-to-helmet. The call was McGhee’s second targeting penalty of the season.“It was a good call,” Claeys said. “I don’t disagree with the call at all. He knows better than that.”Defensive tackle Steven Richardson shined with two sacks against the Wildcats. Linebacker Blake Cashman also had two sacks in the game. Cashman amassed 10 tackles, which was a career high, and also forced his first-ever fumble. Wide receiver Rashad Still accounted for several big plays over the course of the game. Still had a 62-yard reception in the first half. He also returned an onside kick to the Wildcats’ 15-yard line.Leidner said the victory, which happened on Senior Day, was huge.“[Northwestern was a] really tough opponent,” he said. “[They’re a] really well-coached football team. A lot of respect for [head coach Pat Fitzgerald] over there and their program.”Minnesota earned its fifth Big Ten victory of the season after starting off conference play with two losses. Minnesota will play Wisconsin in a battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The Badgers have not lost the rivalry game since 2003. Leidner said a victory against Wisconsin would be a great way to top off the year.“I know it’s really important to a lot of guys on this team,” he said. “We get another tough, physical football game like it was tonight.” Gophers prevent second-half Wildcats comeback, win 29-12Northwestern scored all of its points in the second half.Chris DangSenior quarterback Mitch Leidner slides to take a knee at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. The Gophers beat Northwestern 29-12. Jack WhiteNovember 21, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint While Northwestern had more yards than Minnesota in the second half, that was not enough for victory.The Gophers defense forced two fumbles and a season-high seven sacks as Minnesota (8-3) earned the 29-12 victory in its final home game. “They played hard,” said head coach Tracy Claeys. “They held them to two of 15 on third down and one of four on fourth down. You do that, you are going to win some ballgames.”Northwestern tried to initiate a comeback in the second half. The Wildcats had a 75-yard drive that ended with a Justin Jackson 4-yard touchdown run. But Minnesota scored on its next drive when quarterback Mitch Leidner threw for a touchdown to wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky on a play-action pass.It was Leidner’s first touchdown pass since the fourthgame of the season.“We practiced all week long that [Wolitarsky] was gonna come down, bluff that guy and then block them and then shoot vertical there,” Leidner said. “So he was able to do a great job to locate the ball and make a great catch.”Running back Shannon Brooks led the team in rushing with 73 yards on the ground. He also had 33 receiving yards.Running back Rodney Smith added 32 rushing yards and touchdown. “Both did a lot of really good things,” Leidner said. “I think the most important thing is that those guys have each other to take breathers here and there and then they’re always coming in fresh and ready to roll.”Leidner also had a rushing touchdown, which helped Minnesota take a 29-12 lead in the game.Minnesota scored 12 unanswered points to open up the game. Kicker Emmit Carpenter missed the extra point on Minnesota’s first drive but made up for it with three consecutive field goals.last_img read more

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first_imgGlenn GuilbeauGlenn GuilbeauLSU coach Paul Mainieri threw out a statistic the day before the Tigers played TCU at the College World Series that might have been just a bit outside.“Someone told me we’re 56-3, or something,” when pitching “Johnny Wholestaff” over an unknown span of time at LSU. “Wholestaff” is a cute, inside baseball way coaches use to say they do not have a decent starting pitcher for an upcoming game. Meaning a variety of pitchers or the “whole staff,” will be used.That number, the span of time or Mainieri’s source were never verified. In other words, strike three. Mainieri, though, knows how to play the baseball numbers as well as any seam head (baseball number nerd) this side of Bill James. So his accuracy is probably close.Unfortunately, he is counting all games in the 56, including that unique college baseball feature known as the “midweek game,” which are basically in-season exhibition games normally against lighter opponents. Other sports do not have so many games that often do not matter. If LSU wins two out of three on SEC weekends, its ranking — which leads to host sites for NCAA regionals and Super Regionals — will stay about the same even if it loses to Southeastern Louisiana on a Wednesday. Mainieri needs to remember that.The record that really matters for LSU’s version of Johnny Wholestaff is not 56-3. It is 0-2. The Tigers lost to TCU, 8-4, on Thursday after using eight pitchers, who combined to allow 10 hits and five walks. TCU used three and held the Tigers to seven hits, including four in the first eight innings, and two walks to eliminate LSU after three games. The Tigers were also eliminated from their own NCAA regional last season by Houston at Alex Box Stadium by a 12-2 score when they used Wholestaff. That time, six pitchers allowed 12 hits and six walks.So, it might be time for Mainieri to ask Johnny Wholestaff to transfer.“The margin for error is just so small when you don’t have a mid-90s fastballer or the knockout breaking ball or whatever,” Mainieri said in explaining why he has had to use Wholestaff this season.The margin for error is also so small for Mainieri and pitching coach Alan Dunn themselves when they’re constantly deciding inning by inning whether to leave a pitcher in or take him out. Mainieri and Dunn were about 7-of-8 on pitching entries and exits in the loss to TCU. They should have left No. 6 pitcher Doug Norman in. He threw a perfect sixth with two strikeouts and a nifty catch of a bouncer behind his back and threw to first for the out. LSU was still within striking distance at the time, trailing just 6-3.Norman did pitch to the bottom third of the light hitting TCU order, though, and Mainieri and Dunn decided to replace him with Jesse Stallings, who has more velocity but had not pitched in nearly a month. LSU found itself in this predicament in the loss to Houston last year – pitching guys who had not thrown in about a month. Stallings was charged with two runs on a hit and a walk as LSU fell behind 8-3, and it was over.“Doug did a nice job,” Mainieri said. “He faced the bottom third of the order. That’s not to diminish anything from him. He gave us a good inning. But we gave it (leaving him in) thought.”That’s just it. When you are throwing six and eight pitchers out there in a game this deep in a postseason as LSU has had to do the last two postseasons, there is too much thinking.All of this over-thinking and over-relief pitching could have been avoided had LSU been more fortunate last offseason. Jake Latz, an 11th-round pick by Toronto out of Lemont High near Chicago last summer and a jewel of Mainieri’s class of 2015, could have started Thursday’s game. But he missed the entire season with an elbow injury. Mac Marshall, a 21st- round pick of Houston and another gold piece of that recruiting class, could have started Thursday, too. But he decided at the last minute to not attend LSU and opted for a junior college instead, so he could be drafted this month. He went in the fourth round to San Francisco.LSU recovered from that and fielded a great team with two solid starting pitchers – freshman Alex Lange and sophomore Jared Poche. As the season wore on and Mainieri could not settle on a No. 3 starter, he opted for Wholestaff. And in the end, it cost him. LSU, which finished the season at a glittering 54-12, entered Omaha with the best record in the eight-team field and left with that. It also won the regular season championship of the SEC – the best conference in the country. And it was No. 1 more often and for a longer stretch than any team in the country. It was also a No. 2 national seed. Those numbers, though, do not mean much when you are watching other teams remain in Omaha from your living room. Here are some other numbers Mainieri and Dunn should ponder in the off-season.The final four teams at the CWS did not want or need a Johnny Wholestaff because they found and developed other pitchers as the season went on. This may have cost them a loss or two here and there or a title or some seeding, but in the end it worked. Vanderbilt and Florida each have six pitchers who have thrown 50 or more innings during this season. Virginia and TCU each have had had five pitchers throw 50 or more innings this season. LSU had hree.Florida and TCU each have had four pitchers start 13 or more games this season. Vanderbilt has had four pitchers start nine or more times. After Lange and Poche started 17 and 18 games, respectively, the next pitcher on LSU’s starting log was Jake Godfrey with nine.Should LSU find itself short a starter or two in the near future, it may consider finding a third starter or at least trying very hard to do so. Even if that means sacrificing a mid-week or SEC weekend game here and there for the greater good.The greater good being NCAA postseason games, not SEC games or mid-week games. That is why Vanderbilt, Florida, TCU and Virginia lasted longer than LSU in Omaha even though they did not win as many games during the season.last_img read more

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first_imgThe two met for the first time in the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are two of the most prominent players in contemporary cricket as a batsman and captain. The duo have been active in international venues since the Under-19 World Cup, both at the same time. Kane Williamson says he feels fortunate to have played with Virat Kohli. Williamson said he had watched Kohli’s journey from a young age.“It’s really good to be able to play with Virat Kohli. “It was great to see Virat Kohli at such a young age and to see the journey of his career and the journey that followed.”The two met for the first time in the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. Kohli was the captain of the Indian team and captain of Williamson’s Kiwis. India defeated New Zealand in the semifinals of the tournament and won the final. In time, the duo became captains of the national senior team.Kohli and Williamson will once again be captains in the 2019 ODI World Cup hosted by England. That too in the semis. But this time the victory was with the Kiwis. Meanwhile, New Zealand lost to England in the final.It’s interesting to see each other compete for so long. In fact, Williamson added that over the past few years they have been playing the game differently, even though they share some of our viewpoints, some honest thoughts, and find some common reasons. Get All the Latest Malayalam News at Indian Express You can also catch all sports news in the following us Twitter and Facebook Web Title:Virat kohli says kane williamson along with fortunate to have playedlast_img read more

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